Oasis in the Wasteland: A factory for production of plastic amusement and modern convenience
Grossman, Kate Rose
Master of Architecture
The idea of the Wasteland is a potent metaphor within architecture for urban and social decay. Le Corbusier's project for a City of Tomorrow, an idealized place of industrial production, exemplifies attempts by architects to define an architecture of production within the Wasteland. The project illustrates difficulties inherent in creation of architecture as production and limitations faced by the architect as creator. A factory for production of plastic products from oil has been designed as part of an industrial complex which has been sited, in a wasteland area, next to an amusement park, abandoned oil wells, and industrial warehouses. The architect acts as moderator of the difficult, controversial, given conditions of program and context which are embraced in the design solution in which the Wasteland is reclaimed.